December 4, 2012
SUNO Men ranked 21st in latest NAIA Basketball polls
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Southern University at New Orleans Men’s Basketball team moved up three spots to 21st in the latest NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll released today. SUNO currently holds a 4-1 record on the season with its signature win so far being a 76-69 defeat of 15th ranked William Carey in “The Castle” last week.
The Knights have been outscoring their opponents by more than 11 points per contest and have one of the nation’s toughest defenses. SUNO currently ranks 8th in the nation in Field Goal Percentage Defense at just under 38 percent allowed per game and 3rd in 3-point Field Goal Percentage Defense at slightly more than 26 percent allowed. The Knights are ranked in the top 50 in 16 different offensive and defensive categories.
“This is a good start for the team, but it’s way too early for us to get excited about rankings”, said Head Coach Dale Valdery. “I glad that these young men are getting recognized for the hard work that they’ve put in for themselves, for each other and for SUNO…but there is a lot of basketball to be played and we’re focused on where we want to be at the end of the season more so than where we are right now.”